NTS Traffic

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What is this page for?

As radio amateurs, one of the very common things we do on almost every band and mode is check into a net. This serves not only as a great way to test our equipment to ensure it's working properly, but also to pass traffic. Traffic can be something as simple as a friendly message, or it can be an emergency message traveling through the stream from one part of the world to another.

No matter the nature of the message, it is our duty to make sure that message gets through no matter what. Having a working knowledge of how NTS Traffic handling works will make everyone more efficient and will help YOU be prepared if you ever have to handle traffic.

This page shows what a Radiogram looks like, as well as having a basic primer and explanation about how you can make it all work for you. This information is freely available to anyone interested, and the techniques/instructions contained herein are universally accepted. All the information here was compiled (though he is neither author nor creator of same) by CARC member Paul Long, K7RXC.

The ARRL Radiogram

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The ARRL Radiogram is the official form to be used when passing any type of formal traffic. It was adopted to ensure the accuracy of the message as it travels through the various traffic nets, as well as to ensure that all relevant information pertaining to the message itself is retained. By the time you get through this page, you will understand how to properly complete one of these forms.

The form itself contains several fields describing the nature and length of the message, as well as the place and station of origin. For multiple "hops" or "handoffs" as the message travels, there are also locations that indicate WHO handled the message and WHEN.

You'll notice that there is also a prominently located "to" field which is where you would indicate WHO the message is for and WHERE to find the intended recipient. There is also a field to input a phone number for the intended recipient, which is important, as messages can sometimes be delivered in as few as ONE "hop" provided the receiving station has a working telephone. Obviously, this has the potential to expedite and greatly simplify the delivery process.

For more, see the ARRL Public Service Communications Manual